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TIM WALZ

From the editorial: "There’s a lack of political checks and balances in Minnesota right now that’s far from ideal."
Among other items, a Minnesota soybean leader said the Port of Duluth is still a major factor for success for the state and the country.
The proposals called for expanding affordable health care by establishing a MinnesotaCare public option and more than a billion dollars in affordable housing proposals over the next four years.
Billions would go to support a paid family and medical leave program and other projects aimed at improving Minnesota’s competitiveness.

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The $12 billion package includes billions in additional education spending, including more than $800 million for universal lunch for public school students.
The bill brings Minnesota’s tax code into alignment with the federal code, which underwent several changes in recent years as Congress passed pandemic-relief bills.
Democrats have complete control of state government for the first time since 2014 — only the second time in more than 30 years.
The governor said he and fellow Democrats in the House and Senate will aim to make the largest investment in education in the state's history.
One component of the plan would establish an inspector general at the Minnesota Department of Education, plus contracting staff at other agencies.
Four commissioners announced their departures in November, leaving six vacancies in the Walz administration.

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Multiple states, including the Dakotas, have already banned the app from state-issued devices.
Last week, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz visited members of the Minnesota National Guard, with whom he served for 24 years.
State officials estimate 33,000 households in mostly rural areas of the state will gain high-speed internet access through the projects.

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